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Staying Connected in the Great Outdoors

Mark Kruger June 28, 2006 8:32 PM Humor and Life Comments (0)

I always have such a great time on vacation. The weather is perfect - in the 70's during the day and 50's at night. The mosquitoes are low, the fish are biting and even the ducks are feeling gregarious as my son, Aaron, can testify.

One of the amazing things about our part of the "great outdoors" is how connected we've become. Here in "Tenstrike", the outback of Northern Minnesota, we have DSL. The resort owner hooked up his own wireless and installed a decent router. We have wireless throughout the camp. I'm sitting on the porch of a rustic cabin writing this blog while I get my email.

In fact earlier today my in-laws were lamenting how difficult it is to get their beloved baseball "Twins" on TV here in Tenstrike. I fired up the laptop and logged on to my MLB subscription and Viola! We had the live twins broadcast while the birds chirped and the fish flopped in the lake. Technology is amazing.

Of course there is a downside to being so connected. Electronic devices have a certain urgency that accompanies them. They demand attention - as anyone knows who has tried to get a 10 year old away from a television. So being this connected means it's difficult to ever feel fully disconnected. Yet, with a little discipline it is possible to have the best of both worlds. Now if you will excuse me I think my Moto is ringing :)

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